Spring Full of Birds

WoodDuckPair1apr2017Spring at Nahant Marsh has fully arrived, bringing new, fast growing green, budding trees, and the return all of the marsh’s resident birds. Nahant Marsh is good habitat where a pair of birds can find food, rest and nesting spots. Every season new wood ducks have been born here in this nature preserve in the city. This seasons babies ought to be here any day now.

MerganserCatchesCrawfish2017mayThat the wild creatures tolerate the surrounding city so well illustrates their resiliency. Every spring they come to spend another season at  Nahant Marsh, and the wetland fills with birds. Perhaps the background hum and clang of the city really doesn’t matter when good food is on offer. The very water of the marsh is alive, and grows food for a great variety of life on up the food chain.

Warblers2017mayThe air is alive, too. Insects hatching in the warming spring fill the air with translucent shimmers of light, and there to meet them are colorful birds in their best spring plumage.

Goldfinch2017mayThe marsh is home to many more birds than I can see—they are small, quick and easily hidden in the quickly growing vegetation. Many of them are loudly singing, yet still are hard for me to spot. Even those that glow like jewels in the woods and meadows can often be heard easier than seen. The air is alive with the songs of many birds, woven with spring peepers and chorus frogs into spring concert music.

GreenHeron2017maySpring is a good time to sit still and listen to the music of all those birds. The birds will forget about you to some extent if you remain still, increasing the chance that one might happen by on business of its own. Nahant Marsh is full of birds, all of them busy with spring activities. There is food to find, mates to court, nests to build and soon hatchlings to tend to.

Already there are goslings out on the water with their attentive parents. Babies grow with blinding speed every year, and this one is sure to be no different. Spring will be gone before you know it, so be sure to take a moment to sit and listen and watch.Wood duck drake at Nahant Marsh grooms his feathers



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